I formated a CF card for my D3s and shot with it; then a few days later used the same card in my D3x and did not reformat it. When I used LR to import the images, none of the D3x shots were on the card.
If you put that card back in your D3X, do you see the images you wish to retrieve using the camera's preview on the rear LCD? If so, use a USB cable from the camera to the PC; your computer should now see the D3X as a USB storage device when camera's power is turned on. Use windows explorer or whichever OS your are using on the PC, don't use LR to explore (you may have a couple of subfolder levels). If your files are there, move them onto your hard drive; if they are not corrupt, you should be able to work with them using LR or other application.
I viewed the images from the card from slot one and it did not have the new images on it; just the previous images. However, when I viewed the images from the card in slot two the new images where on it. So, all is well.
Apparently, the new images went to card two; which must have been formatted for the D3x.
I didn't know it mattered which camera the card was formatted for, but it does, right?
I put a CF card in the D3s and the images displayed; when I put the same card in the D3x the display had the sign that said there were no images. Of course I could have made an error. I guess I need to keep some cards for the D3s and others for the D3x.
I don't think that it makes any difference which camera you use to format the card. Your two cameras are just making different directories on your card. You should re-read reply 1 or in the alternative put the card in a card reader and then use Windows Explorer to view the card and the subdirectories. I'm quite sure that you will see that all of the images are there but in different directories.
I don't have the cable that connects the camera to the computer; so, even though I read reply one, was not able to use this method to render a solution, if this appeared as a disregard for this reply, please forgive me.
Even though I have used the D3 for a long time, I am not familiar with all the details and if this shows as disregard for the valuable help I receive here, this is not my intention. Each and every reply I receive becomes part of my knowledge base. Bear in mind, though that I am not as smart as I used to be, or maybe never was as smart as I had hoped, which is probably the truth.
To add to my confusion, I am using a MAC and I am not at all familiar with the Mac folder system.
Not a problem. Your profile showed that you were using Windows which is why I suggested Explorer. You can do the same thing with a card reader on the Mac using Finder. The folder structure should be the same so you would see all subdirectories. I assume that since you don't have the USB cable that you have been using a card reader.
Anyway, good luck and let us know how it works out.
Each camera creates a directory specifically for that camera model. You might be able to view the folders in the camera is you select the "All" option for the Playback folder, page 281 D3x or page 275 D3s. You should be able to see only the jpeg images but not the NEF only images.
For viewing on a computer use a card reader and Windows Explorer or Mac Finder to view the various directories on the media card.
Each camera puts a camera-specific folder on any card that it sees. It puts its files in that folder, and moreover it does not ever look at any other folder. The only way that a D3s would see files from another camera is if the other camera is another D3s.
Moreover, if you are using the camera to download the files to the computer, it will only do that for images that it sees. More precisely, this means that if you use the card in two different models, each will NOT download the others' files.
This is not true of a card reader, because the computer is able to look at the entire card, regardless of names or models. So for example since I use a card reader for all downloading, I never have the problem of not seeing a different model's files. The computer (Mac at the moment, but in the past was Windows) is able to download them all.
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There is a mystery here that I can't resolve: I had waterfall photos on the card is slot one on the D3x. I imported those to LR and put the card into my D3s and took some photos. When I extracted the card for import, only the waterfall photos where visible in LR import; however, it seems the images went to slot two. This is how I remember the scenario.
Now, there is no doubt that I am confused about this since what I learned here does not fit what I remember. In any case, I now have a clear understanding of how this works.